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  • Summary: Inspired by a true-life story, Coach Carter is an inspirational account of a controversial high school basketball coach, who received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news in 1999 for benching his entire undefeated basketball team for poor academic performance. (Paramount) Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Sean Daly
    This entry in a rather stale genre deserves to be put at the head of the class.
  2. By turns funny, touching and genuinely inspiring.
  3. 70
    Coach Carter, its flaws aside, is as interesting for what it doesn't do as for what it does.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    It's a good story, well told.
  5. Jackson, though, does lend this earnest formula flick a core of conviction.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    2-1/4 hours of MTV-produced tough love, with a dance break and pool party to relieve -- momentarily -- a series of motivational rants from lead Samuel L. Jackson.
  7. 38
    This afternoon-TV special trying to pass as a real movie earns an extra half star solely for Samuel L. Jackson, who brings his usual fire to the role.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. Jul 13, 2012
    Great movie! Feeling the excitement in the game, wanting to cheer along with them. Doesn't only focus on the sport of the movie but also high school, society, and life. Well done story plot, with great characters along with it. Expand
  2. Sep 18, 2013
    It's one of the most inspiring movies. Student comes first. Everything in the movie was good. The characters fitted their roles, there is a sense of excitement in watching this. We'll all learn from it. Expand
  3. Jun 8, 2013
    Yes, the movie may be a bit cliche, but all sports movies ultimately are. At the end of the day, it's a very good film with an even better message. Samuel L. Jackson is great in the lead role and his performance is certainly one of the many bright spots in this film. Expand

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